Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany / Edition 1

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Overview


In the two decades after World War II, Germans on both sides of the iron curtain fought vehemently over American cultural imports. Uta G. Poiger traces how westerns, jeans, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and stars like Marlon Brando or Elvis Presley reached adolescents in both Germanies, who eagerly adopted the new styles. Poiger reveals that East and West German authorities deployed gender and racial norms to contain Americanized youth cultures in their own territories and to carry on the ideological Cold War battle with each other. Poiger's lively account is based on an impressive array of sources, ranging from films, newspapers, and contemporary sociological studies, to German and U.S. archival materials.

Jazz, Rock, and Rebels examines diverging responses to American culture in East and West Germany by linking these to changes in social science research, political cultures, state institutions, and international alliance systems. In the first two decades of the Cold War, consumer culture became a way to delineate the boundaries between East and West. This pathbreaking study, the first comparative cultural history of the two Germanies, sheds new light on the legacy of Weimar and National Socialism, on gender and race relations in Europe, and on Americanization and the Cold War.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520211391
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2000
  • Series: Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 454,639
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Uta G. Poiger is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 American Culture in East and West German Reconstruction 31
2 The Wild Ones: The 1956 Youth Riots and German Masculinity 71
3 Lonely Crowds and Skeptical Generations: Depoliticizing and Repoliticizing Cultural Consumption 106
4 Jazz and German Respectability 137
5 Presley, Yes - Ulbricht, No? Rock 'N' Roll and Female Sexuality in the German Cold War 168
Epilogue: Building Walls 206
Notes 229
Bibliography 273
Index 313
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